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Recovery Happens Virtual Event Celebrates Awareness on Mental, Substance Abuse Disorders
Recovery Happens is a free community event promoting recovery and the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year, the annual Recovery Happens event will be held virtually on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. – 1p.m and all our invited to join in on the celebration. Registration for the free event is open at recoveryhappens.vfairs.com.
Recovery Happens celebrates people in recovery, commends the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery is possible. The event features inspirational messages of hope from a variety of speakers, musical performances, award recognition, and the opportunity to connect with community resources while providing prevention and treatment information. The event was created to engage the community in celebration of successful healing and to spread awareness of all the support available to those who need it.
According to data published in the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health as prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20.4 million people had a past year substance use disorder, 14.5 million people had and alcohol use disorder, 8.3 million people had as illicit drug use disorder, and 2.4 million people had both an alcohol use disorder and an illicit drug use disorder. DBH’s Substance Use Disorder Recovery Services (SUDRS) is dedicated to being part of the solution by helping individuals and families through their recovery journey by providing no cost treatment and resources. In addition to treatment, the need to gather and celebrate sobriety, recovery, and the hard work of treatment providers remains.
The Recovery Happens Committee led by DBH is gathered to ensure diverse representation in the planning efforts. Committee members include DBH staff, substance use disorder contract providers, community members, community partners, private businesses, and people in recovery. The event itself averages 1,500 in attendance, including individuals and families, people in recovery, treatment providers, elected officials, and celebrity keynote speakers in recovery.
The SUDRS team is proud to work collaboratively with the Recovery Happens Committee to make this event possible for the communities of San Bernardino County.
Behavioral Health Recognized by City of Chino for Suicide Prevention Efforts
At a city council meeting on Sept. 6., the City of Chino Hills presented a proclamation to the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral (DBH) in recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, as well as the work being done to help prevent suicide and reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health.
City of Chino Mayor Eunice M. Ulloa presented the proclamation while City of Chino Hills Human Services Community Services Supervisor Ana Lizzeth Ordonez and DBH Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT) Program Manager II Erin Zamora spoke about the available behavioral health services in the city and throughout San Bernardino County.
“It’s important, as many people are affected by suicide, to bring awareness and knowledge to the resources that are available,” Zamora said during the city council meeting.
To support the acceptance of the proclamation, DBH Interim Director Dr. Georgina Yoshioka and Acting Deputy Director for 24-Hour & Emergency Services Julie Hale were in attendance, along with CCRT Clinic Supervisor Amber Francis and CCRT Clinical Therapist Martha Nunez.
For more information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that can be contacted by dialing 988, visit https://988lifeline.org/. For additional local crisis support, please call the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) 24-hour helpline at (888) 743-1478.
For more about DBH urgent care services, visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/urgentcare/.
Pawsitive Update on Matiere
Subaru’s Subiefest Pet Adoption Event Hits National Orange Show on Sunday
San Bernardino County Animal Care will be participating in an offsite adoption event at Subiefest at the National Orange Show on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a part of Subaru’s ongoing commitment to pet adoption leading up to October’s Subaru Loves Pets campaign.
Animal Care staff have been working hard to ensure the well-being of animals at the Devore Animal Shelter and we want to thank everyone who have adopted animals to become part of your family. We treat and care for injured animals and get them ready for adoptions.
Treating Matiere the Doberman
Recently, Matiere, a young Doberman, was found with an injury to his paw. An Animal Care officer took him to a local veterinarian who examined him, cleaned his wound, applied a bandage, and prescribed antibiotics and pain medication.
After his visit, the Animal Care Officer transported him to the Devore Animal Shelter where he continued to receive care and was adopted a week later, on Sept. 3, by one of our Rescue Group Partners. Thank you to our Rescue Group Partner who came forward to help Matiere and we wish him the best in this next chapter.
When there are injured stray animals, they will be examined by a veterinarian and while they are at the shelter, Animal Care staff, including a registered veterinary technician, will oversee the animal’s care.
Animals who need additional medical care are made available for adoption to Animal Rescue Group Partners.
There are many ways to assist animals in our shelter. If you would like to make a donation to assist animals at the shelter, visit www.arffund.org.
For more info about dogs, cats, and other animals awaiting adoption, call (909) 386-9820 or visit animalcare.sbcounty.gov/pets.
American Idol Chayce Beckham to Perform at Oct. 5 State of the County
San Bernardino County is pleased to announce the 2022 State of the County and Regional Business Summit will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 with a performance by American Idol winner Chayce Beckham.
Each year the event attracts 1,000 business, government, and community leaders to hear more on what is driving economic growth across San Bernardino County.
Hosted by Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, the State of the County will feature presentations on each district from the Board of Supervisors covering unique County initiatives and programs in their region. This year, each supervisor will also introduce a business champion from their respective district that is making a difference in the County’s growth and leadership.
This years’ event theme is “Vision Forward,” and will include forward-looking commentary on industry trends impacting San Bernardino County from business leaders such as Randall Lewis of Lewis Group of Companies and Kim Snyder of Prologis.
“I am thrilled to once again host our State of the County event. There is no better event in our region to celebrate what makes San Bernardino County such an exceptional choice for business growth and quality of life for our residents. Across the county, we are seeing population and job growth that is making a difference. This event will share what this means now and for the future,” Hagman said.
The event will close with a live performance by Beckham, a BMG Nashville recording artist and San Bernardino County native who performed at State of the County last year.
Registration for State of the County 2022 will begin at 4:30 p.m. The main event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by opportunities for business networking. The 2022 State of the County will be held at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario. Tickets are $60. Registration is now open at www.SelectSBCounty.com.
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Job Openings and Hiring Events in San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County has jobs that will be opening on Saturday, September 10.
We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval. Check sbcounty.gov/jobs for the most up-to-date recruitments.
Tomorrow, Oct. 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to conduct the fourth nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).
The WEA portion of the test is scheduled to commence at 11:18 a.m. Cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should only receive the message once.
The EAS portion of the test is scheduled to commence at 11:20 a.m. and will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, and satellite radio and television services.
The test may look like regular, local EAS tests that are familiar to most people, but there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. During the test the public will hear a message indicating “this is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable. With this test, television viewers will see the EAS message scrolling across their television screens, however,the printed message may not include the words “this is a test”. If you see the message without the words “this is a test” please do not call 911 as this is only a test. If you have an actual emergency, then call 911. Regular programming will resume at the conclusion of the test.
More information and links to both FEMA and the FCC’s information pages are available at the San Bernardino County Fire website here. This site also provides information on how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency. That information can also be found here.
Please remember, this is ONLY a test and not an actual emergency.
Don’t know how to beat the heat? The good people at San Bernardino County 211 have compiled a list of more than 70 places throughout the county that are cool when the weather is hot. Click here to find the one closest to you.
You can also call 211 to find the nearest Extreme Heat Cooling Center or help dealing with any food, shelter, healthcare or social services needs. But if you need immediate medical attention, call 911.
“Helping people who continue to struggle is one of my highest priorities,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “The Board of Supervisors has made special funding available to help people recover and prepare to rebuild, otherwise victims in this situation might find themselves on their own.”
The open house will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phelan Elementary School, 4167 Phelan Road in Phelan.
Residents will be able to access information about Community Development Block Grants and zero-to-low-interest loans that may be available to them to remove asbestos and prepare to rebuild. They can also get information about building and fire permits, water wells, and debris removal.
Representatives from County agencies including Community Development and Housing, Code Enforcement, Solid Waste, Building and Safety, Fire Marshal, Environmental Health and Behavioral Health will be available. Nonprofit groups such as the United Way will also be present to help victims with any other fire-related needs.
For more information about Blue Cut Fire resources, please visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/bluecut.
Clearing flood control channels, stockpiling sandbags and holding public outreach meetings in flood-prone areas are just a few things County departments are doing to prepare for El Niño storms this fall and winter.
The Board of Supervisors heard a special presentation today from County staff about what is being done throughout the county to prepare for El Niño.
“The County is doing everything possible to be prepared for heavy rains,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Protecting the public is our highest priority. But we are urging the public to do everything they can to protect themselves, their families and their homes. Surviving El Niño will be a team effort.”
The County Office of Emergency Services is working in conjunction with the Department of Public Works, the Sheriff’s Department, County Fire, and Special Districts – along with local, regional and state partners – to make sure all safety issues throughout the county are being addressed. Risks of flooding and mudslides are higher in areas that have recently experienced wildfires.
Flood control channels and culvert crossings are being cleared in anticipation of heavy rains and advance teams are advising homeless encampments to relocate. More than 200,000 sandbags are being stockpiled and inmate hand crews have been trained in sandbagging, flood fight techniques and debris removal. Additional weather stations were added throughout the county and the real-time rain gauge alert system is being updated. Sheriff’s deputies and County firefighters are practicing procedures for swift water rescue training.
Public outreach meetings have been held in Lake Arrowhead, Yucaipa and Victorville to update residents on the latest El Niño forecast and what County departments are doing to prepare. Residents were also offered flood preparation materials. More public meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley and at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga. A meeting time and date for the San Antonio Heights/Mt. Baldy area will be announced soon.
An El Niño resources web page for residents to obtain information on storm preparation is available at http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/elnino.asp.
Dozens of Forest Falls residents took the time to thank County Public Works road crews in writing for cleaning up their community following a powerful storm that sent a river of mud and boulders through the heart of their mountain village.
On Sunday, August 3, a thunderstorm parked itself just upstream of Forest Falls and dumped almost five inches of rain in less than an hour. A terrifying torrent of water, mud, boulders, and uprooted trees came roaring down into the community, closing Valley of the Falls Drive, Prospect Drive, and other roads, stranding many residents. The incident prompted an emergency proclamation by the Board of Supervisors.
Within a day, County Public Works had cleared roadways enough for residents to gain access to a shelter that had been established at the community center. Within two days, Valley of the Falls Drive and Prospect Drive were re-opened to the public. Unfortunately, Forest Falls is no stranger to these types of disasters.
The community’s unique canyon geography and the tendency of summer thunderstorms to stall upstream make sudden debris flows an all-to-common occurrence. Undeterred, residents have come to take these incidents in stride, and are grateful for the quick and consistent support they receive from numerous County agencies, including the Department of Public Works.
In response to the recent flash floods that hit parts of San Bernardino County and specifically the Mt. Baldy community, Inland Empire United Way is working with the San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services and San Bernardino County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to coordinate cleanup efforts tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10.
Volunteers are needed to shovel and remove dirt, mud, and general debris. The work needed to be done involves hard physical labor, so volunteers must be in good physical shape and 18 years of age or older. If you are interested in volunteering you must register online at www.handsoninlandempire.org and follow the link titled Emergency Mt. Baldy Cleanup. People interested in volunteering may also dial 211 or call 1-888-435-7565 for more information.